Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873

How good a painter are you? How would you like to answer "I paint Monet!"

Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873

This lesson will guide you through the process of painting Poppy Field near Argenteuil, 1873 by Claude Monet.

Monet's landscape work is unfussy, elegant and pretty much forms the "bible" for all landscape artists since then. The figures are his wife and child. He spent a lot of time in this region of France and produced many paintings featuring these fields pf poppies lavender and grain crops.

The painting was originally titled "Coquelicots".You can add as many poppy flowers as you like!

Your painting won't look exactly like his, as my teaching enables you to express your own taste and feelings about what is beautiful. This is not a prescriptive method, but rather a series of processes which enable your self expression. Go for it! Have fun!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet interpretation by Peter Inglis.
As an option, we can leave out the four small figures, which are his wife and son, shown in two places at once, at the front and back of the field.

Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.
In this version of the Monet I extended the composition into a 'wide-screen' format.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.
In this lesson we learn how to create figures elegantly and with a minimum number of brushstrokes. We are aiming for an unfussy appearance.

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